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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Manny Diaz makes an appearance on SportsCenter, Richt getting most out of the team, North Carolina buzz, and more

Good morning ‘Canes Nation, here’s your review of all things Miami the day before UNC.

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Manny Diaz on SportsCenter

The Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator joined the world wide leader in sports for an interview last night. Among the topics were his highly ranked defense, what it was like interning for ESPN back in the 90’s, and, of course, the Turnover Chain.

Canes Maximizing Personnel

There’s no doubt that Al Golden left some talent in the cupboard for Mark Richt when he departed from the program. There just wasn’t much depth available to the new coaching staff...or so it seemed. Richt has been able to build up his roster by developing Golden’s leftovers and putting them in positions to succeed. Guys like Malik Rosier, Hayden Mahoney, Darrell Langham, and Michael Jackson were players that many thought would never play at Miami, and here they are now, valued contributors to an undefeated team. Barry Jackson has a nice write-up on the 10 best uses of personnel made by this UM staff in 2017.

North Carolina Chatter

Here’s a handy little chart breaking down how Miami and UNC compare in major statistical categories ahead of Saturday’s matchup. Spoiler Alert: UM leads in every single one.

InsidetheU’s David Lake also did a good job summarizing North Carolina, and here he gives you eight stats to know about UM’s upcoming opponent.

After a rash of injuries hit the team around the FSU game, UM is slowly starting to get healthy. Only Dee Delaney (probable) is listed on this week’s injury report for UNC, while players previously listed, such as Ahmmon Richards (hamstring), Navaughn Donaldson (ankle), and Sheldrick Redwine (concussion), are nowhere to be found. Cam summarized this pretty nicely below.

Hoops Hype

As you may have heard, Miami basketball is set up for a very good season. The roster is in place, mixing solid veterans with an exciting freshman class. Late last week, the preseason Coaches Poll listed Miami at #12, the highest ranking EVER for UM to start the season. And yesterday at ACC Media Week, the Canes were picked to finish 4th in a loaded ACC in 2017-18. I’m more than ready to see Coach L and the boys back out on the hardwood.

Quick Hitters

Malik Rosier is starting to get some love from NFL scouts.

I always love these: it’s the Pro Football Focus All-ACC Teams of the Week, offense and defense. It’s done by PFF’s own ratings in which they go back, view film, and evaluate every player’s game by each play, then compile all the stats into one final grade. This past week against Syracuse, 4 Canes made the team: Kc McDermott and Trevor Darling on offense and Michael Pinckney and Michael Jackson on defense.

That’s it Canes fam. Enjoy your Halloween weekend, with a dose of a Tar Heel whipping added in for good measure.